Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs: Gender Unity and Gender Equality Among the Lahu of Southwestern China / Edition 1

Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs: Gender Unity and Gender Equality Among the Lahu of Southwestern China / Edition 1

by Shanshan Du
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0231119577

ISBN-13: 9780231119573

Pub. Date: 12/11/2002

Publisher: Columbia University Press

The ideal of "gender equality" seems forever elusive, always tantalizingly over the horizon. Shanshan Du suggests that by shifting our attention away from the various utopian ideals embedded in mainstream feminism, we may be surprised to learn that gender-egalitarian societies do exist. Based on extensive fieldwork, this book explores the Lahu society in Southwest

Overview

The ideal of "gender equality" seems forever elusive, always tantalizingly over the horizon. Shanshan Du suggests that by shifting our attention away from the various utopian ideals embedded in mainstream feminism, we may be surprised to learn that gender-egalitarian societies do exist. Based on extensive fieldwork, this book explores the Lahu society in Southwest China where practical gender equality has become the byproduct of a potent ideology of gender unity, vividly expressed by the proverb, "chopsticks only work in pairs."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231119573
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
12/11/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
928,989
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTIONIs There Any Gender-Egalitarian Society on Earth?The Lahu PeopleFieldwork SitesProject Development and MethodsThe Structure of the BookPart I: MYTHOLOGY AND IDEOLOGY 2. "EVERYTHING COMES IN PAIRS": A DYADIC WORLDVIEW"Both One and Two": Pairs as DyadsTwin-Dyads in Origin MythsBlending Femininity and Masculinity in Gendered IdealsThe Preeminence of DyadsConclusion3. HUSBAND-WIFE DYADS IN THE LIFE CYCLEWedding as the Rite of Passage to AdulthoodThe Joint Journey of Married Couples in LifeThe Reunion of Accomplished Couples in AfterlifeMarginalizing Lone SoulsConclusionPart II: Joint Gender Roles 4."HUSBAND AND WIFE DO IT TOGETHER": UNIFYING GENDER IN LABORProcreation IdeologiesPregnancy and ChildbirthChild Rearing"Work Hard to Eat"Conclusion5. "MALE-FEMALE CO-HEADS": UNIFYING GENDER IN LEADERSHIP"Male-Female Masters of the Household"Dyadic Leadership in Village and Village ClusterConclusionPart III: Structure and anti-Structure 6. UNIFYING GENDER IN KINSHIP AND INTERHOUSEHOLD ORGANIZATIONDyadic Ego in Kinship TerminologyHousehold Co-heads and Inter-household InteractionsConclusion7. THE DISFUNCTION AND COLLAPSE OF GENDER DYADS: DIVORCE, ELOPEPMENT, AND LOVE-PACT SUICIDEMajor Threats to Husband-Wife DyadsThe Collapse of MarriagesConclusion8. CONCLUSION: RETHINKING GENDER EQUALITYGender Equality as Social RealityThe Cultural Particularity of Gender EqualityThe Diversity of Gender EqualityREFERENCES CITED

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